2010 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 1LT

Presumably, at some point in your youth one of your parents—probably your mother—said something along the lines of: “If everyone was doing it, would you jump off of a cliff?” Clearly the message was that it isn’t necessarily a good thing to follow the crowd.

Presumably, at some point in your youth one of your parents—probably your mother—said something along the lines of: “If everyone was doing it, would you jump off of a cliff?” Clearly the message was that it isn’t necessarily a good thing to follow the crowd.

Later in life, probably during an intro to philosophy class, you learned of the ad populum fallacy, which essential says just because lots of people are doing something it doesn’t mean that it is justified to do so. Your mother’s simple admonition is more to the point.

Nowadays, however, there seems to be a rescinding of this approach, and the wisdom of crowds is held up as a model of right behavior and thinking: If everyone thinks or does something, it is probably right.

I’m guessing that the people at Chevy would be proponents of the “everyone into the pool” way of thinking, that the crowds really are smart and clever, because its second-generation Equinox crossover is providing itself to be so immensely popular—in the month of March 2010 its sales were up 194% compared to the previous year—that GM has announced it is adding a third shift to the Oshawa Assembly Plant this October to build the CUV; in addition, the GM CAMI Automotive Plant, the home plant for the Equinox and its sister vehicle the GMC Terrain, will have its body shop expanded to accommodate more output of both CUVs.

 

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Although I think my mother is right more often than I would like to admit, I must say that going along with the crowd on this one probably is the right way to go. The 2010 Equinox is a fresh-looking product that can more than hold its place against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, and, especially, the Ford Escape, the dowdiest of the bunch.

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While it has the “signature” front end that is the “look” of Chevy cars, this fascia design, which came into its own on the present-generation Malibu sedan, looks appropriate in that the Equinox—especially when it is in the FWD version so there are no pretences of off-road behavior—is really more car-like than truck-like.

Inside they’ve paid good attention to materials choices, which are highly suitable for a vehicle with a starting MSRP of $23,360, and are better than some vehicles at a higher price point. One of the notable features is a storage bin under the center arm rest that is big enough to handle the New York City Yellow Pages. Pop your purse in there and it is well out of the way.

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Another feature of note is the rear seat travel which can be adjusted fore and aft by approximately 8 inches, so there is more than ample room for the kids. Here’s hoping that they listen to their mother if she is so kind as to provide them with such capaciousness.

And speaking of listening, there is extensive use of not only noise-absorption materials, but “Active Noise Cancellation” technology. This is the first GM vehicle that features the tech. Yes, the first, which just goes to show that when they do good things in their products, they can have things like that massive increase in sales. This system is available only on the models with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Active Noise Cancellation, incidentally, uses microphones to listen for untoward sounds inside of the car, then generates sound that cancels that annoying stuff out; it uses the audio system for the good noise.

No, it won’t cancel out the endless “Are we there yet?”

Selected specs

Engine: 2.4-liter, DOHC I4 with direct injection

Displacement: 2.4-liter

Block and head: Aluminum

Horsepower: 182 @ 6,700 rpm

Torque: 172 lb-ft @ 4,900 rpm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 112.5 in.

Overall length: 187.8 in.

Overall width: 72.5 in.

Overall height: 66.3 in.

Seating capacity: 5

Fuel: Regular unleaded

EPA estimate: 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy